On October 1, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on trade reporting and position limit obligations under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) (the Statement).
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On October 1, The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement relative to its approach to the application of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) following the end of the Transition Period on December 31 provided for in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement).
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On July 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published data for the systematic internaliser (SI) quarterly calculations for equity, equity-like instruments, bonds and, for the first time, other non-equity instruments under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation.
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At the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) open meeting on April 14, the CFTC unanimously approved proposed amendments to Part 190 of its rules governing bankruptcy proceedings of commodity brokers, including futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs). The proposed amendments are intended to comprehensively update Part 190 to reflect current market practices. Among other revisions, the proposed amendments to Part 190 would:
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On April 1, and following a recent consultation, the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) published a review report on position limits under MiFID II (the Review Report) and a report on technical advice on weekly position reporting (the Technical Advice Report).
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On September 5, the German Federal Government published a proposal relating to a draft law implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/834 (EMIR REFIT), which also clarifies the licensing requirements for non-EU firms (which would include UK firms after Brexit) that conduct cross-border proprietary trading with German counterparties or on German trading venues.


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On March 27, the European Securities and Markets Association (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on commodity derivatives topics under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The Q&As, were last updated on January 4, (as reported in the January 11, 2019 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On January 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its transitional transparency calculations (TTC) for the purposes of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the related Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).
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